Sci/tech

Report Defends Experiments on Monkeys
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

There are strong scientific reasons for British scientists to continue research using monkeys in "carefully selected research problems," especially when it is the only way to save human lives, a committee of experts said Tuesday.

New South Pole Station Nearly Complete
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

There are still people who live in tents -- heated ones -- at the South Pole, but inside the brand new science station, cutting-edge research designed for the harsh Antarctic environment has found a home.

Scientists Marvel at Sea Life Miles Deep
December 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Peering deep into the sea, scientists are finding creatures more mysterious than many could have imagined. At one site, shrimp were living around a vent that was releasing water heated to 765 degrees Fahrenheit.

Team Awarded for Better Bulb Discovery
December 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of scientists at Vanderbilt University have been given an award from Popular Mechanics magazine for a discovery that could someday replace the common light bulb, the researchers say.

Study Disputes Cell Phone-Cancer Link
December 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

A huge study from Denmark offers the latest reassurance that cell phones don't trigger cancer. Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had gabbed on the gadgets for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago.

Piranha Among 13 New Species of Venezuelan Fish
December 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists have found a new type of piranha and a ray among 13 new species of freshwater fish in an area of Venezuela where pollution from gold mines is emerging as a threat, a conservationist said on Thursday.

Giant Prehistoric Fish Packed Quite a Bite
November 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters

It was the first super predator of the ancient seas and its fearsome, jagged jaws still inspire awe 400 million years later. The armor-plated fish Dunkleosteus was a 33-foot-long , four-ton monster that terrorized other marine life in the Devonian Period.

New Flood-Tolerant Rice Could Help Farmers and Environment
November 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Robin Hindery, Associated Press

Inside a greenhouse on the University of California, Davis campus, a group of rice plants is defying conventional farming wisdom and thriving in a formerly life-threatening environment -- under water.

Satellite to Track Elusive Pakistani Snow Leopards
November 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Conservationists in Pakistan have for the first time attached a satellite tracking collar to a snow leopard with the aim of gathering crucial information for efforts to save the endangered big cats.

Professor Devises New Form of Solar Cell
November 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of Idaho professor is devising a new form of solar cell she says could lead to a breakthrough that would make solar energy commercially feasible.

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